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Benya Lagoon

Despite the communal labour by residents of Elmina a few days ago to tidy up the town for the Bakatue festival, the site for the first activity of the celebration, the Benya lagoon is still engulfed with filth.

The lagoon, which is the set place for the regatta competition, when visited by ATL FM’s News team had a lot of garbage floating on it with the banks equally swamped with filth.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has commenced the application of the 3% VAT Flat Rate to replace the previous 17.5% Input – Output VAT computation approach effective July 1, 2017.

The old approach, which suffered low compliance due to the extensive paperwork in filing VAT returns is being replaced with the 3% Flat Rate to make it easier for tax payers to comply.

File Photo: Bakatue Festival

The annual Bakatue Festival celebrated by the chiefs and people of Elmina begins today. The festival, established at least as far back as 1847, is celebrated on the first Tuesday in the month of July every year.

The day Tuesday, was chosen as it is regarded locally as the day for the sea god. As such in Elmina, as in many fishing communities in Ghana, fishermen do not go to sea on Tuesdays in order to honour the sea god.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in the Central Region as part of its corporate social responsibility aimed at helping the health delivery system by saving lives, has organized a blood donation exercise to replenish the stock at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Blood Bank.

The initiative brought together staff of NHIA in the region including members of the public, students of Mfantsipim and University Practice Senior High Schools to donate about 120 pints of blood.

The campaign, which is in its third year, also took place in the nine other regions.

Robert Brandford Mensah, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the NHIA speaking to ATL FM News stated that the NHIA instituted July 1 of every year for district offices as well as stakeholders to come together to donate blood to augment blood banks in the region.

He called for regular voluntary blood donation.

See some photos from the donation exercise below:

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Source: Tony Sasu Ayisadu / ATL FM NEWS